All the small things and everything in between.
Blink-182 took over the punk-rock era in the 90s. It all started back in 1992, when Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor met at a battle of the bands competition. The two then met Mark Hoppus who’s sister was the girlfriend of Tom’s friend, Kerry. The trio began practicing and writing music in Scott’s bedroom before naming the band Blink. Once the band got attention, an Irish band with the same name threatened to sue if they didn’t change their name. The guys decided on a random number, 182.
By 1996, Scott wasn’t very invested in the band anymore and was replaced by Travis Barker. In 2015, after years of strained relationships and miscommunication, Tom parted from the band and was replaced with vocalist Matt Skiba. Now, Mark, Travis and Matt are getting ready to release Blink-182’s seventh album, California, on July 1. It will be the first album to feature Matt Skiba.
Members have been added and subtracted, but their lives have gone on. Here’s what they’ve been up to.
After the band’s 1997 release of Dude Ranch, Scott realized that his heart wasn’t in the band anymore and it spewed as tension between him and the band grew. After Scott was fired from the band, he went on to play for groups The Axidentals and Grimby. In 2003, rumors that he was shot to death circulated online but were later put to rest by the musician.
After his departure from the band, Tom had a nervous breakdown and went on a “spiritual journey,” where he isolated himself from his family and friends. For three weeks, he contemplated on his life and career in music. In 2008, Travis’ nearly fatal plane crash prompted Tom to reach out to the band. In an interview, he said, “I thought he was going to die. Instantly after the plane crash, I was like, ‘Hey, I want to play music with him again.'” Soon after, the band reunited, worked on a new album, and went on a successful tour. It was just last year that Tom left the band again to focus on his solo career and musical career with new band, Angels & Airwaves. Tom is also using his time away from the band to focus on something he’s very passionate about — investigating UFOs. He released “Sekret Machines,” a book about real-life accounts of UFO sightings and alien abductions. He claims that the UFOs are a “national security issue” and couldn’t focus on investigating it while apart of Blink-182.
“Dealing with something that’s a national security issue, and you’re being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you’ve been passionate about your whole life — something that has the opportunity to change the world over time — being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path. But I can’t do everything. I can’t tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I’m setting out to do.”